Feb 26, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Secondary STEM Education, M.S.

College of Education  
Department: Curriculum, Instruction, and Learning
Contact Information: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors
Priority Admission Application Deadlines:  http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors


The Masters of Science in Secondary STEM Education is designed to prepare secondary school educators to teach in the challenging and high demand fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The Masters of Science degree in Secondary STEM Education cultivates and trains teachers in STEM programs (science, technology, engineering and math) to both create STEM-related experiences that excite and interest students of all backgrounds and to support states and school districts in their efforts   to transform schools into vibrant STEM learning environments. The program engages secondary school science and mathematics teachers in ways to improve their content knowledge and enhance pedagogical skills in teaching mathematics and science and prepares secondary grades mathematics and science teachers for roles as teacher leaders; and, prepares secondary school STEM teachers to inspire and teach students to be successful in STEM education, thereby increasing the number of individuals capable of filling critically important STEM-related  career positions.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • Must be teaching in math and/or science in secondary grades (6-12) at time of admission (preference is two (2) years);
  • Earned a teacher certification in a STEM-related area;
  • Grades of ‘C’ or better in all core undergraduate science and mathematics courses OR;
  • A previous graduate degree from an accredited university with grades of ‘B’ or better in all science and mathematics graduate level coursework
  • A statement of purpose indicating reasons for applying to the Program, pertinent personal and professional dispositions or experiences and/or credentials relevant to teaching.
  • Two letters of recommendation (professional/academic reference letters and contact information from individuals who can attest to academic accomplishments.
  • A current resume.

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum Hours - 36 Credit Hours

  • Core Requirements - 33 Credit Hours
  • Additional Required Course - 3 Credit Hours

Additional Required Course (3 Credit Hours)

Comprehensive Examination

In lieu of the Comprehensive Exam,  students must successfully complete a STEM portfolio by the end of their graduating semester. In the portfolio, students will demonstrate how their teaching strategies have developed, based upon their work in this program. Guidelines and important dates for submission will be shared at the beginning of the student’s graduating semester at the latest.

Other Requirements

Students must possess 60 hours of ESOL training upon completion of the program. If a student enters the program without 60 hours of ESOL, it is the student’s responsibility to provide proof of successful completion of 60 hours of ESOL prior to being certified to graduate.